Council renames award after June Smith
Smith honored for her long-time dedication
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 15:10
The largest state-level professional communications organization in Texas voted unanimously to name an award after ASU’s Professor of Communications Dr. June Smith.
The Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) hosts an annual conference for communication professionals to present research and teaching strategies. Its executive council voted to rename the award after Smith in honor of her long-time dedication to mentoring graduate students and bringing them to TSCA conferences. The award is given to graduate students for their performance in and outside the classroom.
“The most rewarding part about my career is that I get to create new colleagues,” Smith said. “We try to take students to these conferences, and then we get to see them do amazing things. I’m very honored to say, ‘That was my student’ and see what they can accomplish.”
Smith has served as department head of the Communication, Mass Media and Theatre Department from 2006 to 2009. She was appointed interim dean of the ASU College of Graduate Studies in January 2013.
“I’ve had [Dr. Smith] in a number of classes this semester and over the past couple of years,” senior Josh Schneider said. “She’s a really good teacher. She’s a nice blend of professionalism and humor.”
Smith said the organization has been a big part of her professional life. She said she feels it is important to introduce students to professional associations to gain discipline, networking connections and colleagues. Smith said she was surprised when she found out about the news while at the conference.
“I was at the luncheon when Dr. Battaglia got up to speak and made the announcement,” Smith said. “It was very fun and I appreciate it.”
Smith earned her bachelor’s degree at ASU, her master’s at Texas Tech, and her doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. She became a faculty member at ASU in 1991. Smith has been a member of TSCA since 1975 and served as its president and executive secretary.